Research Fellow Maltavius Egilion
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Description: Of middling height and a rather wispy, fragile build, this elf's pale complexion speaks to a life spent largely indoors. Long white hair falls down beyond his shoulders, together with a long white mustache and beard framing features severe and sharp. The gaze of his indigo eyes is most often abstracted, distracted by his inner life. His body moves in an altogether rather ungainly and clumsy way, a phenomenon not much assisted by his constant state of distraction. The full weight of his focus, when gathered, can be uncomfortable for an elf to endure; it dissects and analyzes. His speaking voice is a dry, abrupt bass often thick with sarcasm.
Personality: Maltavius is an elf of science in the Duindar way, extremely well-versed in the arcane arts as well as the scientific. Ever bookish and reserved, he is not one to seek a spotlight -- better a quiet, comfortable study with a good book to read or an interesting project to tinker on. He enjoys inventing new things, and has always had something of an obsession with his work. In his elder years, Maltavius has become short on patience, and he has little tolerance for the antics of younger elves but ample advice for how they might do better in general. These days 'younger elves' is coming to include nearly every elf, and he wonders if perhaps his time might be coming soon.
Background: For much of Maltavius' life, peace and happiness were the order of the day. It was a fine time to be a bookworm, and he did not waste the opportunity, acquainting himself with all the knowledge he could eat up. Child of a branch of House Egilion closely intermarried with Naevon, Maltavius heard the calling of both lines, and split his labors and studies between the Great Library and the Galithryn Acadeum rather evenly. He enjoyed delving into the histories and knowledge of the ages just as much as unraveling the mysteries of the arcane. His hungry mind devoured book after book, and he eventually began to bear a love of the science of engineering.
As time marched on, Maltavius continued to learn and to apply his mind against the mysteries of the physical and arcane sciences, working to blur the line between the two. He became a researcher on the very nature of magic itself, and through the middle centuries of his life worked constantly in his efforts to unlock ways of blending magic and technology. In the meanwhile an Ithiriel rose and united the elves, which thrilled Maltavius to no end, as peaceful unity and pleasant reading conditions tend to coincide.
Sadly it was not to last, and the final centuries of Maltavius' life have seen a series of tragedies unfold that have left him feeling altogether rather bitter and cynical about the whole enterprise of life. He knows that the time for him to move on is coming soon, if it isn't already here... yet he can't bring himself to leave his work unfinished, and so he lingers on.